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Poster: amosearle Date: Sep 28, 2010 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

Sounds like I should get a rental car, yes?

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Poster: shakeitupnow Date: Sep 28, 2010 9:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

perhaps, but you will only need it for the days you plan to leave the city. parking in SF can make any sane person nuts, so I suggest public transport and taxis and walking.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Sep 28, 2010 10:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

Thanks for the tips everyone!
I'll be going mid October. I'll stay with some friends in Oakland one night, then go to the "work related hotel" in south San Fran for pretty cheap. I'd love to get to Muir woods, so that would be the only car thing I think.
I'll pick up a lonely planet guide on the way home from work. I appreciate the help. If I don't get it all done this time I'll bring the missus back with me and start where I left off!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 28, 2010 2:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

AE: good tips for the short excursions/stay in the city approach by many. GGPk, as noted by many, is a must if you take that approach, and you can see the deyoung museum, jBotGar AND steinhart aquarium if you like that sort of thing: all NEXT to each other. Walking the surroundings, H-A, etc., even Lindley (sp?) meadows of DEAD 75 fame, can all be taken in as well...Alcatraz as MJ notes is always a surprisingly good time for folks that do it.

Have fun. Very safe, but use common sense; you'll be fine.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Sep 28, 2010 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

Documented here, everyone. WT has exhorted me to use common sense. Am I still on the GD forum?
But seriously, thanks for the help. I haven't been there since I was a young pup, and look forward to having the opportunity to check out the coolest city in the world. Now, how come nobody said for me to wear Bobby shorts in the Castro?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 29, 2010 4:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

Ha--working in construction with the old man in the 70s it was amazing how you could go any where, almost fearlessly. Well, I was afraid, but he'd grown up there, and never was it seemed to me...of course, we were all "big", and most importantly, it was 5 am, just getting light, and we'd pull into some dive for coffee before the job. All thru all the districts...some hadn't gone as far south then, BUT others were really dangerous at night, if you were alone.

I'll never forget finding out my old man could be funny: we would work on tall bdlgs at times, and on Market St sometimes you couldn't park "under" the bldg, and that was bad...of course, 5 am, you often had your pick of good spots close by, BUT you could come back to the truck to find a car on either end almost TOUCHING your bumpers. One day we're together and this happens, and he starts swearing (I knew that already of course), and reaches under the seat and pulls out a stack of flyers, each with Mickey Mouse "givin the finger" and below it says "Hey F**ker! Next time leave a can opener!", and puts one on each car.

I know it's not that funny, but that day in summer of 73, it was pretty cool to me...

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 28, 2010 11:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

" If I don't get it all done this time I'll bring the missus back with me and start where I left off!
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DO IT man you wont regret it. My wife came down for one of y business trips before we were married and fell in love with it. Which made me happy because I was born there and lived there off on and on for years. My favorite place to be.She loved it so much we honeymooned there. this time we're bringing all the kids.

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Poster: utopian Date: Sep 28, 2010 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

get a hotel in a happening area near public transportation and you probably wont need Car Rental And, well parking is a bitch, if the company is paying get a hotel that validates or has a garage. You Don't need a car, there is a great rail system- B.A.R.T. and taxis and buses, and walking. Rent a scooter, There may even be a bus that gets you to muir woods. Most people that live in the city don't have or need a car

www.yelp.com/biz/san-francisco-citypass-san-francisco#query:tourist%20attractions !!!!!!!!

www.yelp.com/biz/go-car-rentals-san-francisco








when will you go?

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Sep 28, 2010 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

The only time you will need a rental is if you leave the city to do the hiking - and then rent it by the day. The Bay Area Transit Authority ?? is all you need. The bus routes are easy to figure out and the schedule supports just about anything you want to do within the city area proper.

We rented a car for eight days, drove from San Jose airport and parked it in the freaking hotel garage for $20 a day and only drove it twice to go to Mt Tam and Muir Woods. We took the bus everywhere we went. In hindsight I would have taken a shuttle from the airport, rented a car for the two days we left SF, pocketed the difference and come out ahead.

I wholeheartedly second the recommendations for Vesuvios, Magnolias Brew Pub and YES, YES, YES!! to the Japanese Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Outstanding call.

If you like crab, head to Scoma's on Fisherman's Wharf and get their Sourdough Dungeness Crabmeat sandwich - it's as big as your head.

http://www.scomas.com/?page=menus

Scoma's is to crabmeat sandwiches what Carnegie Deli is to Reubens or Jim's in Philly is to cheesesteaks.

Damn, I'm hungry now.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Sep 28, 2010 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

If you go to the Japanese Botanical Garden, and it's your kind of thing, do NOT miss the current exhibition at the de young museum right next door. I caught the birth of impressionism exhibition and will make it back up to SF for this before it closes:

http://deyoung.famsf.org/orsay

You can walk right from the Haight to the deYoung (and vice-versa). Nice to walk down Haight to GG Park and then stroll around the Park; one of the great city parks anywhere.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 28, 2010 11:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Non-Dead travel plans to SF- suggestions?

ONLY get a rental car if you're going up North. cars are a curse in the city